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Published: Thursday, Aug. 11 2011 12:57 p.m. MDT

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govt rocks
Salt Lake City, UT

Not that bad? How many turnovers did the offense have? a couple of fumbles by Wynn on the exchange from center? I guess the flip side is the defense sounded like they played really well, maybe even way better than that. I expect lots of improvement by scrimmage two.

I think if anything this scrimmage demonstrated our offense line is treading water with the injuries, there is lot of work to do between the center and Wynn, and Hays is not picking up the offense or he is just not good: two picks returned for touchdowns and another interception if read correctly.

the_beav
SLC, UT

Uh-Oh

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

But hey the rugby player and the freshman rb both really stood out as did the jc transfer qb. Sounds like the offense will be stellar.

steeliebrass
Riverton, UT

@ govt rocks - you are spot on that Wynn and Stevens need to get better on their exchanges, but it is not a tremendous concern at this juncture. If this problem persists then you have something to be worried about.

The o-line is treading water, at least at the LG spot, while they find an adequate replacement. Any o-line would be somewhat unsettled considering losing the 1st, 2nd and replacement to those two players in two-day's time. As far as Hays is concerned, the #2 o-line is a bit patchy and unexperienced right now, so two of his three INT's were tipped balls that he was trying to get out of his hand before being sacked. Not even the best QB in the world would find success under that pressure. Let's see how things progress come the 2nd scrimmage.

JustGordon
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I see that those who weren't at the scrimmage have an opinion about what happened and conclusions that seem to hold dire predictions for the Utes.

The most important bit of information in this article is that Coach Whit was pleased. His quarterback rates his own performance as just OK and says there is work to be done. The OC agrees with his quarterback, but over all is pleased.

So what are the causes of doom and gloom? Two fumbles...just a case of getting used to more snaps under center...two interceptions...balls thrown by a juco back up quarterback? That's something to loose sleep over.

The defense played well...9 tackles for losses, 6 pass break ups and 4 sacks! No one was hurt! Go, UTES!!

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Don't read into the statistics too much when it comes to Hays, Shreve, Langi, and Palamo.
They each ran with the 2's and 3's on offense, more specifically behind those O-lines. Other reports said the defense was 2 steps into the backfield before they had a chance to blink.
What we CAN read into is the lack of depth at O-line and how far off they are in comparison to the depth on defense from top to bottom on the depth chart.
Bottom line, the Utah D is going to be awesome this year, but I'm scared to death at what happens if the O-line gets anymore dinged up.

byu116970
Tooele, Utah

Was the defence really that good or was the offence that bad

Pac12Utes
Up on the Hill, UT

A mixed bag for sure:

Mishandled handoffs are awful. Can't get away with that, even if you are playing the Carbon Dinos. I anticipate it will get better as practice goes along.

We are in trouble if Jordan goes down.

Dissappointed in Harvey's stats. If Tauni beats him out, throw a red shirt on him.

Nice to see Mo Lee have a good outing. Very excited for him and hopefully he can get in the mix at corner.

Devonte is going to be a top wideout in the Pac-12 this year. We need to establish the guys after that to keep the defense honest.

I FULLY expect teh offense to improve greatly when the guys get healthy.

williary
Kearns, UT

Keep in mind, Wynn and Stevens have just started working together in live situations, as Stevens was at OG last year. From a couple interviews, those missed snaps were recovered by the defense because Wynn was instructed not to dive for a ball under and circumstances, and he didn't.

Utah fans need to take a lessen from BYU fans. BYU's offense destroys their defense all camp, yet they can come out and say that their offense is amazing and their defense is fine and will still be good. Utah's defense outperforms the offense, and Utah fans can't figure if either is any good! Someone find some middle ground!

Of course with BYU's creampuff schedule playing half their schedule against the JV squad, a good offense will win those games regardless of how bad the defense is.

For Utah, it's much more important to have a stout defense, which they will. You will not outscore people in the Pac-12, must be able to stop them.

Pac12Utes
Up on the Hill, UT

Duckhunter,

I thought you said you weren't going to post on any Ute articles? Did you learn integrity from going to BYU?

williary
Kearns, UT

@Duckhunter

What Whit should do is have Wynn and the offense play against a bunch of paper cutouts, like the BYU offense does, then hand out stats to make everyone really think the offense is great!

FYI - This is the same offense who found a way to beat BYU last year with a QB who couldn't move his throwing arm! I think they'll be ok.

Thlete
Draper, UT

Defense is always ahead of the game this early on, no surprise there. Sounds like it's a good thing it's only the first week of camp - lots of mistakes to clean up. Disappointing showing by Hays, becoming very obvious why the coaches are heavily protecting Wynn - similar to how they protected Brian Johnson in 2008 after several injuries to him the previous year.

Carnak
Salt Lake City, UT

Not bad for a first scrimmage. Hopefully the 2s can get it together.

byronbca
Salt Lake City, UT

From what I heard on the radio, the 2nd team D line killed the 2nd team O line and contributed substantially to Hays poor play. Hopefully he will do better when he can get some time to throw it.

As for the 1st team O line it sounds like they held their own against a stellar D line, the defense might have held some back to insure Wynn stays healthy, but the fact that the Ute offense put together some long, sustained drives is a good sign.

If I'm coach Whit, I rest Wynn's arm completely until next week, let it recover, let the soreness leave, then plug him in when he's 100%. The most important thing for Utah right now is that Wynn is 100% at the start of the season, if that means they loose some timing with the receivers so be it. Make sure that shoulder is good to go for USC.

Carnak
Salt Lake City, UT

Pac12Utes | 1:57 p.m. Aug. 11, 2011
Up On The Hill, UT

Ducky didn't go to BYU. Don't blame us for him.

UU32
Bountiful, UT

Duckhunter - I swore that there was some kind of wager about the Pac12 TV network that you lost that you weren't going to post on Utah articles any more. Guess not? What happened to the honor code?

hedgehog
Ann Arbor, MI

"I thought you said you weren't going to post on any Ute articles? Did you learn integrity from going to BYU?"

PAC12,

From what Ducky has said in the past is that he didn't have what it took to graduate from college....hence the "lawn maintenance" career.

1984 for life
Salt Lake City, UT

hedgehog | 2:32 p.m. Aug. 11, 2011
Ann Arbor, MI

Now this post I like.

PAC12Fan
South Jordan, UT

I like the fact that Wynn was moving the ball well against the first defense. Whit does not send out compliments easily. I know the run will be stopped and the defense is quick. Should be one of the top defenses in the PAC. Need the defense to keep us in the game while offense catches up.

UteFanInStGeorge
SAINT GEORGE, UT

Wynn will winn the Hiseman, garanteed. And Utah will winn another National Champaionship, mark it down!

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